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February 4, 2014

Offending the Greatest Generation, Gun Violence Victims and Victims of the Nazis

Listed in: GOP Hypocrisies, NJDC News, Press Releases

Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced the launch of a new startup lab called “Para Bellum Labs, America! The phrase “parabellum” was used by a German arms manufacturer as a name for its signature guns-first, the light machine gun used by the Kaiser’s best during World War I, and then its most iconic gun: the Parabellum Pistole, or the Luger pistol.”

Upon learning of new RNC venture, NJDC Executive Director Rabbi Jack Moline made the following statement:

“Frankly, I am astounded and sorely disappointed that the Republican National Committee would put so little thought into the message of their new venture. Using the phrasing “para bellum” not only exploits horrific symbolism, but also communicates a fatalist & violent message toward any who differ with you. 

“The RNC should immediately repudiate the name of this venture, denounce the approach it suggests, and apologize to all the people this names offends—those of the Greatest Generation, those who have ever been victims of gun violence, and those in the Jewish community and beyond who were victims of the Nazi genocide.”